British authorities on Wednesday charged two Russian men with poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent smuggled into the United Kingdom inside a counterfeit perfume bottle, officials said.
Britain has issued European arrest warrants for two Russians suspected of poisoning a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in March with a nerve agent that later killed a woman in the same area of southwest England.
She said that the GRU is a highly disciplined organisation with a well-established chain of command and that Petrov's and Boshirov's mission was likely approved at a senior level of the Russian state.
May said in the House of Commons on Wednesday that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two men named by Scotland Yard as suspects in the nerve agent attack, worked for the Russian military intelligence service, known as the GRU.
The U.K.'s counter-terrorism police chief, Neil Basu, told reporters in London Wednesday the two Russians entered the U.K. on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4.
Hemming said Britain would not apply to Russian Federation to extradite the men because the Russia's constitution does not allow the extradition of its own nationals. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.
"Prosecutors think there would be sufficient evidence to mount a criminal case against them and get that passed through the Crown Prosecuting Service and into a court of law". A mother of three, she had sprayed the contents of the bottle - which had been found by her partner, Charlie Rowley, in a charity bin in Salisbury - onto her wrists, police said.
He said the pair, who are in their 40s, flew into London two days before the attack and stayed in a hotel, where traces of Novichok were found in their room.
"Right from the start we said that Russia has nothing to do with what happened in Salisbury", Shulgin told Russian state television.
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The case has been likened by British politicians to the murder of Russian dissident and former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006.
British authorities and the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog say the Skripals were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
He confirmed that the police were in "no doubt" that the attack on the Skripals in March had been linked with events in nearby Amesbury, which poisoned Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley in July and led to the death of 44-year-old Sturgess.
Detectives believe the front door of Mr Skripal's Salisbury home was contaminated with the military-grade substance on Sunday March 4.
The Labour leader condemned the "reckless" use of a military-grade nerve agent and said that it was a "breach of global law".
They are thought to have been using the names as aliases and are about 40.
British authorities and the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog say the victims were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
As a result, Mr Basu said, police were not yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning.
Police didn't test the budget City Stay Hotel for Novichok until two months after the attack, but Basu said the tiny quantity of nerve agent found there did not pose a risk to other guests.